In conjunction with National Crime Victims Rights Week this week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, a Glow Stick Lighting and Walk was held Monday evening at the gazebo on the lawn of the Sequoyah County Courthouse in Sallisaw.
More than 40 people attended the event, which honored victims and survivors of sexual violence. Cindy Smith, investigator with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, said the gazebo was lighted in teal, the color representing Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or SAAM.
“We had a great turnout,” Smith said. “We were very pleased with that.”
Glow sticks were provided to walkers, and those attending heard from speakers who work closely with sexual assault victims. The Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office received funding for the event from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators through a grant from the Office of Victims of Crime. Sheriff Larry Lane said the support from those organizations for their 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will help them help crime victims. Members of the community are encouraged to promote justice through service to crime victims by joining the 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs on a daily basis.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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